Monthly Archives: December 2013

Love Is Doing What You Can

christmas joyShe was deeply intent on her coloring

as I walked by her desk.

Small fist guiding a purple crayon back and forth

across the white drawing paper.

“What are you drawing?” I asked this first grader

and I’ll never forget her answer.

“It’s a pink dress

for my Mama.”

She looked up at me and her brown eyes danced as she spoke.

I smiled and nodded.

“Oh, she’s really going to like it.”

“Well, she doesn’t have no pretty dresses.” Her bottom lip trembled as she softly spoke.

“She has nuffin’ pretty so I’m making her a dress.”

My thoughts wandered to her mother

the young woman who stood by my classroom door

every afternoon to pick up her daughter.

Practically a child herself

Hair pulled back and usually with a little one on her hip.

“You’re Mommy is going to be very happy,” I said

bending low so that only she would hear me.

I can still see that crayon smudged picture

colored by her precious, little daughter.

If she could

she would have given her Mommy the moon.

But she couldn’t

so she did what she could.

Sometimes we all need the wisdom of children.

Single parents struggling to make ends meet.

Families already up their ears in debt.

Christmas need not be a reason

to spend what we do not have.

No, it is a time to express the love within our hearts.

Hearts have a language that is beyond words.

More often than not

just spending time together

means more than the most expensive gift.

So let’s consider ways

to love

and give

and share.

Last week I took my youngest to the diner.

“One hot fudge sundae

with nuts

and whipped cream

and a cherry on top,” we ordered,

“and please

two spoons.”

A simple gift of time that will not be soon be forgotten.

How about you?

Look beyond the expected

and observe the simplicity of love.

Yes, come to Bethlehem, my friends,

and see.

Shining Moments All Around

christmasjoy123I thought that I was going to the Post Office to mail off some packages

to the two sweet girls we sponsor through World Vision.

But God had a different plan.

I thought that it would be a simple

go in

fill out some forms

pay for postage and then leave.

Instead it was walk in and see a need

share some encouragement

and come away filled with joy overflowing.

For the woman who met my eyes with her sad grey ones

was burdened and discouraged having recently lost her dad.

My heart beat heavy as I listened as she shared she  tragic story –

a tale of sadness and extreme pain. Family conflict and stress that is all too common today.

You are not alone, I shared.

He is with you!

Christmas angels singing in the background as I spoke His Good News.

Words that have meaning and power today just as much as they did so long ago.

Peace on earth

Goodwill to men!

He has come

He is here

Glorious Hope knowing that He is coming again.

You know what is the hardest? Her voice dropped to a whisper as she spoke.

I feel like such an orphan.

Don’t we all feel like orphans without Him?

But He has not left us as orphans. No, He has come to be with us and to give us life.

Her eyes met mine and we agreed to meet for coffee.

A few minutes of conversation on an ordinary day

and suddenly everything shone with brilliance and light brighter than any store.

Spread the good news

and let your discouraged world know.

Christmas joy is real

and lasting.

We are not alone.

Joy to the World

the Lord has come.

Let every heart prepare Him room.

Are you getting ready?